BANGOR’S controversial dispersal order has been hailed a success with reported crime down by more than a quarter.
Police say since the city centre order was introduced in June there has been a seven per cent fall in anti-social behaviour and reported crime is down 28 per cent.
The North Wales Police and Gwynedd County Council order bans under 16s from congregating in the area between 9pm and 6am, unless accompanied by a parent or a responsible adult.
Bangor Mayor, Cllr Bryn Hughes, welcomed news of the fall in crime and claimed the order had revived parts of the city which had been no-go areas.
He said: “It is working and that is what everybody wanted, to make the city centre safer.
“Thank God someone has had the logic to put something like this in place. It has had a huge impact and made the city centre a much nicer place to go now.”
In total 27 notices have been issued since the beginning of dispersal order.
The order gives police officers and PCSOs powers to order groups of two or more to leave the area.
It also permits officers to order groups who do not live in the area to leave and not return.
Those who do not comply face the prospect of three months imprisonment and a fine of up to £2,500.
Superintendent Peter Newton said: “The dispersal order has helped us move the people looking to cause anti-social behaviour, and that has had an impact as the figures show.”
The figures show that there were five less incidents of anti-social behaviour. Overall, there were 29 less crimes reported in the period after the order was introduced.
City councillor Chris O’Neal said he welcomed the reduction in anti-social behaviour.
Be added: “The police have done good work, but people are frightened to phone the police as there are issues about response times. There is more work to be done.
North Wales Police has said it will not comment on the order until it has been in operation for six months.